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. . . advancing our commitment to diversity in academe

Through its Ford Foundation Fellowships Program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Dear Friends:
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Ford Fellows Fund. 
Begun in 1994 by Ford Fellows, over the last twenty years, Ford Fellows have contributed more than $180,000 to the fundSince the Ford Foundation matches whatever the fellows donate, through the generosity of past contributors, the Fund was able to help the Ford Foundation and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine make additional fellowship awards. This year 120 pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral scholars were awarded Ford Foundation Fellowships of $21,000 to $45,000. 
I am writing to ask you to consider making a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund. 
Your continued support each year will help us to look forward to the next twenty years. As our Co-Fellows did in 1994 when they established the Ford Fellows Fund, let's continue to work together to sustain the Fund so that future Ford Fellowship awards can be made.
I have already made a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund and I hope you will join me. Any contribution – $500, $200, $100, $50 or less – will make a significant difference in our efforts to support Ford Foundation Fellows. Several institutions, organizations and companies will match individual funds either through in-kind donations or direct contributions, so I encourage you to pursue this if it is available as it is a way to further leverage donations.
By contributing to the Ford Fellows Fund, you are directly helping to increase the diversity of the academy, and contributing to the success of a scholar. 
Thank you for joining me in this important effort.
Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba
Chair, Ford Fellows Fund

Please take a moment to contribute to the Fund. Make your check payable to The National Academies. Please be sure to add "Ford Fellows Fund" in the memo line of the check and mail it to:

Office of Development
The National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

On-line contributions are now possible through the Development Office of the National Academy of Sciences homepage. Just follow this link to launch the contribution form.

NOTE: please enter "Ford Fellows Fund" in the "Other" box on the form and enter your contribution amount in the field provided. This will ensure that your gift will be credited to the Ford Fellows Fund.

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by fellows.

An article on the Ford Fellows Fund, “Past Recipients of Ford's Minority Fellowships Raise Money to Add to Their Numbers,” was printed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on December 17, 1999.